Liverpool Transfer Strategy: Alonso’s Potential Picks

By parting ways with the esteemed and adored Jürgen Klopp at the end of this current season, Liverpool will not only be losing a legendary manager, but also a defined style of play that has become world renowned. The rock & roll gegenpressing system is something that is often replicated in world football, given the success that has been obtained by the famous German coach. No other manager in the modern game endorses more recognizable or ferocious patterns of play, especially with such superb results. In the coming weeks and months, a new Sporting Director will have to be brought in (ahead of any managerial change), to coordinate what comes next. It if not simply a case of looking at the best current candidates, it should be what fits the entire operation going forward. The fanbase only must look at the management roundabout that has engulfed both Manchester United and Chelsea, to understand how quickly things can go wrong. The right direction of change must be well considered and have the correct voices enforcing those choices.

In this next period, I will be looking at potential replacements for Klopp and the players that would be required in their preferred systems of play. As it stands, four name are prominent within the Liverpool sphere, that remain the most likely of bodies to take on the vacant manager’s role in the summer. Those names are listed below and should remain the small pool of candidates going forward.

Regarding the current Bayer Leverkusen manager, Xabi Alonso, he appears the bookmaker’s favourite to become the next Liverpool manager. The 42-year-old is already an Anfield legend, after playing such a key role as part the reds 2005 triumph in the UEFA Champions League. There would have been more than a few supporters who would have banked on Steven Gerrard being the most likely of ex reds to be in this conversation, especially after his successful stint as Ranger’s manager. Unfortunately for one of the greatest players to have represented this historic club, his stock has fallen dramatically and he does not appear to have the coaching acumen needed to succeed in elite environments. What has occurred almost in parallel with Stevie’s drop off, is the rise of Xabi’s reputation and subsequent standing in the coaching game.


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